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Grade 3 Senior Occupational Therapist - Acute Rehabilitation (Trauma/Orthopaedics

  • LocationAlfred Health
  • Work TypeFull time
  • Positions1 Position
  • Published At:12 days ago
  • Job no: 66719
  • Category: Allied Health and Medical Science, Occupational Therapy
  • Permanent Ongoing Opportunity Available
  • Senior Occupational Therapist, Grade 3
  • Great Staff Benefits!

Alfred Health

Alfred Health is a leader in health care delivery, improvement, research and education. We are the main provider of health services to people living in the inner southeast suburbs of Melbourne, from ambulatory to inpatient and home and community-based services.

  • Permanent Ongoing Opportunity Available
  • Full-Time at 80 hours  per f/n (w/ flexible monthly ADO's) 
  • 0.8EFT working weekdays and 0.2EFT working weekends
  • Part time and flexible work arrangements will be considered
  • Senior Occupational Therapist,  Grade 3  
  • Alfred Hospital Campus
  • Great Staff Benefits!


The Department

Alfred Health Occupational Therapy Services operates across The Alfred, Caulfield and Sandringham Hospitals, with clinical services aligned to Alfred Health's strategic goals and operational performance targets. The Occupational Therapy Service is committed to the provision of high quality, evidence-based care, and strongly values professional development and clinical supervision. This role is situated on the Trauma & Orthopaedics ward (5West). Ward 5West is a 40-bed ward (including 8 single-bed patient rooms), with a dedicated surgical procedure zone, active therapy zones and spaces for families and carers.

In 2020, an enhanced Allied Health model of care was introduced to Ward 5West, with a primary philosophy centring around early rehabilitation and a “Home First” focus, resulting in patients returning to home sooner without the need for ongoing inpatient care.  The multi-disciplinary model is delivered 7 days a week and has resulted in improved recovery outcomes for Trauma and Orthopaedic patients.  The primary patient cohorts on Ward 5West include those with: multi-trauma (including intra-hospital transfers from ICU), spinal & pelvic fractures, chest injuries, and head trauma.  Ward 5W also includes a specialised medical team focussed on providing care to a growing older trauma patient cohort. 

Position Summary

An exciting opportunity exists for a Grade 3 Senior Clinician Occupational Therapist with a passion for providing early acute rehabilitation to join the Ward 5West team at The Alfred in a permanent ongoing capacity. This role is designed as a clinical grade 3 role, with the successful candidate managing a clinical caseload in the areas of Trauma and Orthopaedics, as well as leading quality and research initiatives as part of the Ward 5West senior leadership team.

The senior clinician in this role will be responsible for leading an occupational therapy team to deliver a service focused on early rehabilitation, including return to daily activities and complex discharge planning.

The Ward 5West Allied Health workforce model holds a rehabilitation mindset at the core. It enables early, intensive intervention across physical, functional, cognitive and psychosocial domains with attention on the achievement of patient directed goals.

The Ward 5West multi-disciplinary Allied Health team is led by Allied Health Team Leads, supported by Multi-disciplinary Allied Health Assistants (AHA’s) and works closely with the Nursing and Medical teams to provide a comprehensive and timely service to patients on the acute ward. The successful applicant will lead the occupational therapy clinicians within the team and engage with key stakeholders to build teamwork and a culture of collaboration. The incumbent will also be responsible for supervising Grade 1 and Grade 2 clinicians, students, and driving service development and planning in relation to the model of care.

Experience and Qualifications Required


  • B. App Sc (OT), B. Occupational Therapy, MOT prac or recognised equivalent.
  • Post graduate qualification (Masters level) in one of Occupational Therapy, Public Health, Research and/or Health Management or working towards same.
  • Full Registration held with Occupational Therapy Board of Australia 
  • Member of OT Australia (or eligible for membership).
  • Current Victorian Driver’s License (unrestricted).
  • Current Working with Children’s Check


  • Minimum 7 years’ clinical experience in Occupational Therapy.
  • Demonstrated best practice in patient assessment and intervention, particularly in the areas of rehabilitation and complex discharge planning.
  • Experience in leadership of a team, to motivate and inspire others.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and a proven ability to relate effectively to people at all levels of the organisation.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead evidence-based quality improvement initiatives.
  • Demonstrated skills in clinical supervision and teaching.
  • Demonstrated participation in professional development relevant to the position.
  • Established skills in organisation, planning and priority setting.

Staff Benefits

  • Generous salary packaging and novated leasing are available through Maxxia
  • Onsite child care services, payroll deductible expense
  • Onsite staff gym, a payroll deductible expense
  • Modern onsite library faculties, exclusive to Alfred Health staff
  • Access to health and wellbeing incentives
  • Discounted health insurance 


Please submit both cover letter and curriculum vitae with your application.

If you are interested in discussing this role and/or exploring opportunities at Alfred Health please contact Karen Roberts- Occupational Therapy Manager  on 0419 106 099 or [email protected]

Applications close at 11pm on Wednesday the 6th of December, 2023

Alfred Health is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce that reflects the community we serve.  Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged.

In accordance with the Health Minister's Covid-19 Mandatory Vaccination Order, all Alfred Health employees are required to be fully vaccinated (3 doses) for COVID-19 or hold an acceptable medical exemption. Furthermore, in accordance with the Health Services Amendment (Mandatory Vaccination of Healthcare Workers) Act 2020, health care workers in Category A or B roles (as determined by the department’s risk ratings) are required to be vaccinated against influenza or hold an acceptable medical exemption. 


  • Published on 17 Nov 2023, 1:00 PM